Monthly Archives: September 2013

Help me help the Red Cross

EIS1I feel like doing something nice this weekend. So, let’s help out the American Red Cross.

For each copy of Earths in Space sold 9/27, 9/28, and 9/29/13, I will give my cut to the Red Cross. The e-book costs $1.99, and I usually get $0.70 from each download. This weekend only, I’ll give that $0.70 to the Red Cross, multiplied by the number of copies sold, plus whatever I need to add to round up to the next $5 increment.

There is one flaw in this plan, though. My distributor, Bookbaby, has a two-month delay in reporting sales. But we can get around this. Please send me a FB message, tweet to @DanielSherrier, email to daniel@sherrierbooks.com, or comment letting me know about your purchase. That way, I can go ahead and make the donation on Monday. I promise not to collect any email addresses. We’re all on the Honor System here.

I have not been in touch with the Red Cross about this. I simply plan on making an online donation first thing Monday morning.

Am I hoping this will bump up my sales ranking? Of course, but I will also enjoy being able to toss a few bucks to a charitable organization, and I hope you‘ll enjoy Earths in Space. Everyone wins.

The sales links are compiled here. (No retailer is associated with this event. It’s all just me.)

And you can read about the Red Cross here.

Editing discount

Writers need editors. Even the best writers do. If you’re an author, you know this. You probably have a little voice in your head telling you to hire a professional editor to take your manuscript to the next level.

Another voice, however, is probably nagging you about how expensive editing services can run. So here’s a potential solution. For the next week, through Oct. 3, I’m dropping my editing fee down to $5 per 1,000 words. (It’s normally $6 per 1,000 — still relatively low.)

How will you know I’m the right person for the job? Just send me the first five pages, and I’ll edit them for free. You’ll see firsthand how I work. Even if your project isn’t quite ready for editing, I can do those five pages now and lock you in at the discounted rate.

As an indie author myself, I have a vested interest in helping improve the quality of all books, indie and traditional, so I’m already rooting for your book to be the best it can be. The book market isn’t a zero-sum game. The more good books that exist, the more books people will buy. And if more “unknown” authors are producing books of exceptional quality, then the probability of discovery increases for more “unknown” authors.

I want to help you.

You can read more about my editing services here.

Any questions? Please contact me at daniel@sherrierbooks.com or my Facebook page.

Cover reveal: Choices After Death

Introducing…The cover to RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death, coming next month! The text is in the final editing stages, so you’ll have some ghostly fun in time for Halloween.

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Cover design by Mike Messina.

And here’s the book blurb:

Ghosts are people, too. What kind of people, however, is up to each one to decide.

Rip Cooper learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. This young loner has to overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”

Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, the series pilot, “Touch,” is already available for your reading pleasure.

Graphic novels kids can read

I recently lamented that fewer super-hero comic books are appropriate for YA audiences these days.JLA197-1 The older I get, the more I want the classic super-heroes to remain available for current and future generations of 10-year-old boys and girls. Kids need role models, and even fictional ones can bring tremendous value.

To help out you parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and teachers, I’ve compiled a list of good super-hero graphic novels that I feel are appropriate for ages 10 and up. This list is merely a sampling, a relative handful. Some might be out of print, but you can probably track them down at comic shops and shows. I also encourage you to do your own research. There are lots more out there.

Here we go: Continue reading

More free days!

RIP: Touch will have two more free days Sept. 13 and 14. That’s this Friday and Saturday. So, if you missed it the first time, here’s your chance to sample the beginning of the RIP series for the low cost of zero dollars and zero cents.

By the way, RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death is currently in the hands of editor Todd Barselow, which means it’s coming soon. That volume will re-launch “Touch” with three new novelettes and a new short story, so I want you to grab the first novelette for free.

Here’s the Amazon link. If you like it, please leave a review and come back for Choices After Death next month. In the meantime, you can also download Earths in Space for a mere $1.99…not free (and it’s not going to be free, sorry), but it’s pretty close.

Thanks for your support.

Why can’t more super-hero comics be YA?

Yesterday I attended my first Baltimore Comic-Con. I was helping my uncle, Joe Sergi, promote his new YA novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures, and the Great Zombies in History comic book anthology, while also giving out some free samples of Earths in Space.Robin

I had a good time, but it got me thinking about the current state of super-hero comic books, namely how so many just aren’t appropriate for kids anymore. That’s a shame. It deprives kids of some reading entertainment, and it’s terrible for business long-term.

The best time to hook a comic book fan is before high school, when all sorts of other interests will start competing for their attention. The book-publishing world has products for all stages of life — and products that can be appreciated at several different stages of life. A middle school kid and forty-year-old can enjoy the same YA novel, and that’s great. The kid can continue his habit of reading, and the forty-year-old gets another fun book without taking anything away from younger readers. He still has older fare for when he feels so inclined, and he and his kids can chat about the YA book. Continue reading

Exercise with martial arts

We all need exercise. It’s easy to get sucked in to many hours at the computer, making it all the more important to prioritize getting out there and being active.

My preferred workout is martial arts training. Here’s a nice little video/commercial that mentions several benefits of such a program: